Ever been reading a document on your phone and wanting to print it right then and there?
PrintHand by Dynamix USA can help you out.
This app will let you print any document that resides on your phone, or any document you can access with your file manager of choice! That obviously includes anything BlackBerry Link has access to, but all of your cloud services as well. Before we go any further, yes this is a port, but it works nicely.
I decided to test out the Google Cloud Print service for this blog (yeah I know). I also decided that I’d complicate it by using a USB printer that is on my son’s PC downstairs. OK… I’m a rebel, I had added it with my home network settings. That being said, this will work with any printer your PC has installed.
The first thing I did was to go to settings in Google Chrome, and choose “Advanced settings” at the bottom. That opened up the opportunity to add printers using the Google Cloud Print “Manage” button.
I needed to add a “Classic” printer because it is connected via USB to a PC on my network. A printer that is Internet addressable is a story for another day.
Chrome will by default add every printer that you have installed on your PC.
Now that we have Google Cloud Print setup, it’s a simple matter of downloading PrintHand in BlackBerry World and getting it to see your printers. I obviously chose to use “Google Cloud Printers” in the app settings, and picked my son’s Brother HL-2240 as the device.
Adding printers is easy!
All of that went smoothly with no issues, and basically you’re done!
You are now able to navigate to any printable document and use the ubiquitous “share” function to send it to PrintHand! Simple as that.
Some may balk at the 4.99 price tag. I didn’t, I just needed to get some work done, and for less than many spend for a daily coffee, I now have mobile printing.
Oh look, it’s the 2014 fishing license I created and downloaded online with my Z30. I have it saved on my phone of course, but those pesky DFO guys like paper copies. Go figure…